Can I Paint My Brick Fireplace?
If you've got some free time, you have the time to give your brick fireplace an extraordinary new look. All you need is a couple of tools, some fireplace paint, and some elbow grease.
Painting A Brick Fireplace
Before you start this project, assess your surroundings. While several things can be included on you can paint list, most stone fireplaces like sandstone, river rock, and limestone are less pliable and difficult to renovate if you do paint them. Your best bet is a fireplace surrounded by brick.
Next, pick your color. A white brick fireplace is a standard choice, though a black fireplace brings drama. Select a color that complements the design of your home and your room's decor. If this job seems too big for you, hire a Rochester painter to handle it.
Tools and Materials
Clean The Bricks
To ensure your paint sticks and dries correctly, you must completely clean the brick. Use a wire scrub brush to get rid of any dust and dirt. Then apply trisodium phosphate. Make sure to wear safety goggles and gloves. Clean thoroughly with a cleaner. Rinse and allow the bricks to dry. Lay a drop cloth on your floor and tape off any spots you want to stay pain-free.
Priming The Bricks
An oil-based, stain-blocking primer shields your paint from any soot stains when the fireplace is in use. Following the manufacturer's directions, apply primer on all the surfaces.
Paint The Brick
When the primer dries, you can start painting. Pick latex, heat-resistant, indoor paint (either gloss, semi-gloss, or flat).
You want a paint that can resist temperatures made by the fireplace (200°F). You also want one that will cover the surface of the brick. For any spaces, you can't reach with your roller, use a small paintbrush. You might need to apply a second and third coat. Just make sure you allow a right amount of drying time between coats.
All that’s left for you to do is enjoy your freshly painted fireplace. Be sure to stock up on fireplace logs!
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